Miriam Rafferty

Miriam Rafferty PT, DPT, PhD

Research Scientist II
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
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About Me

Dr. Miriam Rafferty is a Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science. She is also an active physical therapist clinician specializing in neurologic physical therapy, particularly for people with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Rafferty’s research focuses on health services delivery models for people with Parkinson’s disease, particularly proactive delivery models. She also uses implementation science methodology to study the implementation of evidence-based practices and novel technologies into real-world rehabilitation settings.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 E Erie St

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    1999 - 2003
    BA Biology, Saint Mary's College of Maryland
    2003 - 2006
    Doctor of Physical Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
    2010 - 2015
    PhD Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Fellowship

    Credential

    2015 - 2018
    Postdoctoral Fellowship n Health Services and Outcomes Research and Implementation Science, Northwestern University

Recent Publications

Regular Exercise, Quality of Life, and Mobility in Parkinson's Disease: A Longitudinal Analysis of National Parkinson Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative Data.
Rafferty MR, Schmidt PN, Luo ST, Li K, Marras C, Davis TL, Guttman M, Cubillos F, Simuni T, all NPF-QII Investigators.
doi: 10.3233/JPD-160912

Honors & Awards

  • Golden Synapse Award of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
    Best Article of 2017
    , 2018
  • Illinois Physical Therapy Association Physical Therapist of the Year
    2014
  • Baskin Award for Excellence in Research: Clinician/Clinical Researcher
    From the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
  • Parkinson's Foundation
    Parkinson's Outcome Project Steering Committee Member

Research Interests

  • Implementation Science
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Exercise

Grants

  • Processes to Increase Exercise Adherence and Sustainment in Parkinson's Disease
    Parkinson's Foundation
    , 2018 - 2019
  • "Development and Implementation of a Feasible
    Parkinson's Foundation
    , 2018 - 2019
  • knowledge translation projects...vestibular rehabilitation
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    , 2018 - 2019
  • Implementation, spread, and sustainment of Physical Therapy for Mild Parkinson’s Disease through a Regional System of Care
    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    , 2018 - 2019